Virginia, US

Austria

If your company is sending employees to Austria—Fragomen is here to help. Working closely with our Local Advisors in Austria, we provide the immigration strategies and support you need to get your employees on the ground as quickly as possible. 

Immigration to Austria is governed by national legislation, which provides various stay options for business visitors and workers.  

Business visitors to Austria typically use a local version of the Schengen-C Visa, unless they are visa exempt based on their nationality. Although Schengen visas are generally valid for up to 90 days within a 180-day period, stays in Austria as a business visitor under the Schengen C visa over three, in certain cases five, cumulative business days require a work permit and work visa (except for exempt European Union/European Economic Area/European Free Trade Association nationals in which case only a declaration process applies). Austria applies a very restrictive interpretation of the term “business meeting.”

The main work authorization types are the Temporary Residence Permit and the Settlement Permit. The Temporary Residence Permit is available for Assigned workers (seconded temporarily to a client in Austria) and for Rotational Employees (highly-skilled temporarily-seconded staff). The Settlement Permit covers the ‘Red-White-Red Card’ (available for highly-skilled and shortage staff who enter under a local contract) and the ‘EU Blue Card’ (available for highly-skilled staff who enter under a local contract and meet a salary threshold). The Intracompany Transferee (ICT) Card category, based on the EU ICT Directive, was recently introduced.

Note that allowable activities and duration of stay for business visitors are quite limited. Work permits are therefore often required for business visits.

Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request.